Most people have no idea where the theory of evolution came from. They think scientists made discoveries that led them to doubt the Bible’s view of origins. But it was the other way round. Men first began to doubt and then dismiss the Bible in the early part of the 19th century. So they needed to find some other explanation for, well, everything. And presto-change-o, Darwin popped out his theory of natural selection in 1859.
But the best in science has always been a problem for the theory of evolution. The First Law of Thermodynamics says that neither energy nor matter can either be created or destroyed. In other words, science says there is no known process inside the cosmos that can explain the presence of matter and energy. The logical, scientific conclusion, then, is that some force outside the cosmos put them there. We know Who that outside force is.
The Second Law of Thermodynamics, the law of entropy, says that in every chemical reaction, there is a certain amount of energy that is lost and can never again be used in a heat reaction. This is why science tells us the universe is heading ultimately toward a heat death.
So science tells us that the universe is heading toward increasing randomness and decay and is winding down. But evolution tells us the exact opposite, that the universe is heading toward increasing complexity and order. So what does the Bible have to say (emphasis mine)? “Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment” (Psalm 102:25-26a). Sounds like the biblical record is perfectly consistent with the law of entropy, but the theory of evolution is not.
Genetic science tells us that “like begets like,” just as the Bible says in Genesis One where 11 times we read that animals reproduce “after their kind.” But evolution is built on the theory that one “kind” can change into another.
In order for that to happen, there must be a genetic change in the DNA of an organism. But mutations are very rare in nature, and almost invariably harmful to the organism. That’s why we call them “birth defects.” They don’t enhance the survivability of the organism, they threaten it. So evolution has to depend upon a process that is rare and almost invariably destructive. The score is now Bible 3, Evolution 0.
And finally the fossil record is powerful evidence for creationism. As Stephen Jay Gould said, “The extreme rarity of transitional forms in the fossil record persists as the trade secret of paleontology.” By “trade secret,” he meant that all paleontologists know there are no missing links but they are hoping that you never find that out.
Darwin knew that the absence of transitional forms was a major problem for his theory, but he believed that was just because we hadn’t found enough fossils. Well, now – 150 years and 250,000 fossils after Darwin – we not only do not have more transitional forms, we have fewer. Some of the ones scientists thought were transitional forms turned out to be nothing of the sort.
The Bible tells us that creatures appeared on the earth fully formed, and that’s exactly what the fossil record confirms. There is today not one single fossil that all paleontologists recognize as a transitional form. The score now is Bible 4, Evolution 0.
(It’s easy to remember this outline of the argument against evolution: First Law – Second Law – Fossils and Genes. Just kind of rolls off the tongue.)
With the fact that Darwinism has been a defective theory from jump street, it should not surprise that even scientists are finally beginning to realize it. The Discovery Center has a list of 1,043 Ph.D. scientists who have signed a statement that they have serious reservations about Darwinian evolution. They all have doctorate degrees in biology, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, computer science, medicine, or the natural sciences. They got their degrees from places like Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, Stanford, UCLA and Duke. These scientists specifically challenge the theory that random mutations and natural selection can account for the complexity of life.
The Bible says, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). Ladies and gentlemen, do not doubt this book.
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